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When Food Doesn’t Move

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Good news!
My comprehensive stool test came back!

I don’t have bad bacteria in my gut anymore.

No candida.  No more SIBO.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any GOOD bacteria either…and I had meat (undigested in my stool).

Gross.  I know.  But it’s my reality.

So how does THAT happen?

Well, in my process of preparing for the test – I had to stop taking my enzymes, any probiotics, and HCl (the stomach acid helper).  In the mean time, we went on vacation… I stopped taking my MSM… I got a little lazy and was eating some sweet potato chips, with coconut oil, which I”m not supposed to have because it causes reactions… and I started eating some raw veggies… carrots, cucumbers… a few radishes.

BIG Mistake.  BIG.  HUGE.

As of recent I had been battling the every day morning “I think I’m going to throw up I’m so full in guts” feeling.  I got a stomach bug early this week – which emptied my entire body of any food contents that might have thought about sitting, and other than wishing I didn’t have to throw up beet juice, I was just THANKFUL to not feel so sore, and sick.

It was almost a year ago I realized I was battling gastroparesis, you can read more about that if you want.

I knew my stomach was emptying slowly.  I didn’t really consider THAT was my main problem.  I knew it led to other bacteria issues… I figure THAT had to be the main problem…  and maybe it was – before the treatments I did.

But now?  After getting the results back from my stool test… and knowing the SIBO is gone, and candida isn’t an issue… and there are no parasites…

and some more research on gastroparesis….

I realize now – this is more serious, and I need to get more specific before I end up on a complete liquid diet.

I’m happy to report I’m bouncing back from my Iowa trip, and adding MSM in has helped my inflammation a ton (as has getting rid of the sweet potato chips – boo-hoo!)

I spent some time being real with myself, and figuring out a plan because this is serious, and it’s not going away.

I have to say I’m SO glad I did the most recent elimination diet from this book.  It helped me get to this point to see why and what was making me bloat.  While I focused on trying to eat 2 meals a day, and a smooth in the AM (more recently) – in an attempt to encourage “cleansing waves” for my digestion process…  I’m realizing now that approach isn’t going to fix my gastroparesis.

In fact, it’s going to make it worse.  While the well cooked foods, and types of foods are GREAT to encouraging healing…  SMALLER, more frequent meals are required.

I’ll admit.  I had some tears over it.

Realizing that fiber from raw vegetables and fruit simply aren’t an option, and that juicing and well cooked smaller meals like I ate before, are going to be consuming most of my summer wasn’t exactly where I was hoping to go with this.

Selfishly I was thinking we’d be on track to targeting a bacteria, and be able to move forward… away from the chronic pain that has plagued me for a majority of the past 3 years.

You know how when you are in a pit… and God just lifts you up?  

Once again, God doesn’t disappoint.

While researching my newest plan, and awaiting my doctor’s input…  I was SO encouraged by this short video by an 18-year-old from Canada who shared how SHE healed her gastroparesis… after going through a wild goose chase with western medicine.  She talks about several things that I’ m already doing, and a few I’m interested in trying, or getting more serious about.  Specifically acupuncture more regularly.  I’m going on Tuesday.

I also watch this video on what to eat for gastroparesis, and she had her top 10 things to do… again, most of them I’m doing, but it had some great insight.  One of the things I KNOW effects me (and literally made me laugh out loud!)  is  “eat in a calm environment.”  Sorry.  That’s not going to happen any time in the near future anyway, and I know stress is a big problem – I’m fighting regularly to keep under control, and at a manageable level.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.   Please don’t pity me.  I am encouraged and hopeful.  Our BIG GOD is a healer – and I’m focused on what He’s doing in me through this process.  Healthy for Him.

Curing the Incurable

What is in Iberogast?

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.”

Psalm 107:19-20

 

Essential Enzymes For Health!

The brand on the right we get from Vitacost.com  and we get the "Buddy Bear" enzymes for the kids from Amazon.com.

The brand on the right we get from Vitacost.com and we get the “Buddy Bear” enzymes for the kids from Amazon.com.

Do you have trouble digesting food?

I do.

My kids do too…

The two symptoms of this are either stools passing too quickly, or not quickly enough.  Either partly digested food in stools, or sitting on the potty for WAY too long.

Going to the bathroom should NOT be such a chore or a panic… especially on a daily basis.

That’s NOT normal.

Personally, I had no clue because going to the bathroom is kind of… well, personal.  So you don’t really discuss it.

At least I never did.

A couple of weeks ago at my reunion, when I talked about being sick with some close friends they had this “ah-ha” moment when they recalled being in the bathroom, waiting on me, A LOT.

{Again, it’s so not cool to talk about what you do in the bathroom.}

But honestly?  It’s a fact of life – and it’s crucial to your immune system and health.  Shame on us for NOT talking about something that could help save our lives, or at the very least improve our health greatly.

I was even embarrassed to bring up my horrid gas issue, a few years ago, with my doctor.  (Who told me that gas was GOOD, and normal… NOT this gas.  Seriously.)

If you have problems with either of the above, gas or bloating… and you’ve cut out dairy, gluten, and sugar…  you maybe need to look at digestive enzymes.  There are enzymes in raw food that helps our body break those foods down and turn them into energy.  When we cook food, eat processed food (dead food), or preserve foods – they lose those digestive enzymes, and they are difficult for our bodies to break down and process to USE as our bodies are trying to HEAL.

I used to feel like I had tumors in my gut … a lot.  Had I not had a CT scan to prove there were no growths, I wouldn’t have believed it!  It was as if food would just “sit” … and not process or VERY slowly enter my intestines.  It’s common for people with MS to have troubles with constipation.  It has to do with nerve endings and I believe gastroparesis.  Read more about Gastroparesis here. 

If you don’t think constipation is just as big of an issue as malabsorption, just consider the amount of toxins your body is trying to get out of your system – and then, imagine them just SITTING in your gut… absorbing into you body.  See an issue?  Yes.  Digestion is very important.

Here is the back of my digestive enzymes.  As you can see they help you break down protein, fats, carbs, fiber (and milk sugar, if I drank milk!)

Here is the back of my digestive enzymes. As you can see they help you break down protein, fats, carbs, fiber (and milk sugar, if I drank milk!)

This has been a tremendous help to our family.  Children who were once unable to absorb foods, or were so constipated from their leaky gut damage - a big help!

This has been a tremendous help to our family. Children who were once unable to absorb foods, or were so constipated from their leaky gut damage – a big help!

“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in You.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to You I entrust my life.”

Psalm 143:8

The Low-Down, Down-Low

One of my favorite things about summer is the selection of fresh berries!  Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are my favorite!

One of my favorite things about summer is the selection of fresh berries! Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are my favorite!

It made sense that thick, enormous pieces of red meat took a lot longer for your body to break down … and therefore, were much harder on a healing gut.  The idea that things like baked goods, and grains worked like a sponge in the digestive system –  often soaking up fluids and then making a brick of sorts – very difficult to pass.

You would think, with a diet of steamed vegetables, veggie juices, limited fruit and organic meats that your digestion would be a dream.  Right?

I thought mine would be… but it’s been a struggle.

I know meats high in fat, such as bacon (that I dearly loved) were a nightmare for my digestive system.  Raw veggies were also extremely tough on my stomach…  so I’ve tried making adjustments.  Steamed and cooked veggies only, very limited on the red meat and bacon.

Then I started taking MSM, which has helped tremendously…

But I need to eat frequent, smaller meals, or I’m in a world of pain… and it’s an issue that piggy backs throughout the day if I’ve over eaten (yes, even veggies) or venture off and have grass-fed red meat, a bite of bacon or raw veggies.

My body likes to remind me – just who is in charge.

It’s called Gastroparesis.

My stomach isn’t emptying like it should.

Many times I can feel the stool collecting in my small intestine – if I’m pushing around in the areas that hurt.  Sometimes it helps to release it.  If I didn’t know better, I might assume it was a tumor.  (only thankfully it moves… and disappears on a regular basis)

My goal becomes to drink my warm BRAGGS and MSM before bed – allowing time for my digestion to soften and break down things while I’m sleeping…  If this doesn’t work, I’m often in discomfort, and as you might imagine, not hungry even though I need sustenance.

What’s wrong?

Gastroparesis.  This often occurs when the vagus nerve is damaged by either illness or injury and the stomach muscles stop functioning normally.  Food will move more slowly from the stomach to the small intestine or can stop moving altogether.

See the problem?

So, what causes this?  It’s common in people who have diabetes and auto immune diseases like Parkinson’s or MS.  For me, I feel like it is just one more MS sign and it probably resulted from my gut being inflamed for so long – day after day.  It could be from blood sugars being off when I was not digesting any number of foods that caused issues to my body.

Regardless, of the cause – it’s painful, and can be very dangerous.

I just had a bad episode of this Monday, following a few bad choices I made on Saturday.  I had bacon (too much fat!), and I also had a raw veggie salad  that had lots of carrots and celery (too hard to digest).  I thought with having the MSM, I would try these things again – and see if my body might deal more kindly with them.

Not so fast.

By Monday, I was in misery.  I ate a small meal for breakfast, and plant protein shake for lunch.  By dinner I was just feeling SO bloated, even though I’ve lost weight in the past weeks now that my hormones are getting back in line.  It feels so miserable not to be able to back up, and change the mistake you made a few days prior.

Frustrating.  A word that comes to mind when I think of being on a diet that requires me to get lots of good fats for my brain – with a body that refuses to digest or absorb most fats!

Avocados are my friend – daily.  I also make sure I get lots of quality coconut oil, and olive oil in my diet.  Uncooked raw veggies are kicked to the curb and I’ve been hitting the juice well this week attempting to get back on track!

I’m super thankful for my MSM, but embracing my limitations so I can stay on track being healthy for Him!

 “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all  their troubles.  

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:17-18

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